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The Balloon Stone (Lunardi Monument)

A Grade II Listed Building in Thundridge, Hertfordshire

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Latitude: 51.86 / 51°51'36"N

Longitude: -0.0204 / 0°1'13"W

OS Eastings: 536419

OS Northings: 219792

OS Grid: TL364197

Mapcode National: GBR KB1.7PP

Mapcode Global: VHGP9.LHLY

Entry Name: The Balloon Stone (Lunardi Monument)

Listing Date: 24 January 1967

Last Amended: 23 November 1983

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1347511

English Heritage Legacy ID: 161161

Location: Thundridge, East Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire, SG11

County: Hertfordshire

District: East Hertfordshire

Civil Parish: Thundridge

Traditional County: Hertfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hertfordshire

Church of England Parish: High Cross St John the Evangelist

Church of England Diocese: St.Albans

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Listing Text

(south side)

4/6 The Balloon Stone
(Lunardi Monument)
(Formerly listed as Monument at
Standon Green End)


Monument. Circa 1784. Erected for Wm Baker of Bayfordbury to
commemorate the hot-air balloon flight by Vincent Lunardi on 15
September 1784. Inscribed plate renewed 1875 for Mr Giles Puller
of Youngsbury. A large ice worn sandstone boulder worked to a
vertical corner at SE, about 1.5m high and 1.5m maximum width at
base, with a triangular engraved copper plate with a hinged
copper cover-plate on the levelled apex of the stone. Small
rectangular copper plate on sloping SW side recording renewal of
top-plate. Protected by a penannular cast iron railing of
moulded standards and 2 horizontal plain bars. Inscription:
'Let posterity know, and knowing be astonished, that on the 15th
day of September 1784 Vincent Lunardi of Lucca in Tuscany, the
first aerial traveller in Britain, mounting from the artillery
ground in London and traversing the regions of the air for two
hours and fifteen minutes, in this spot revisited the earth.

Listing NGR: TL3641919792

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